Dunwich was an important Templar site having its own preceptory, chapel, mill and fish ponds.
It was also a Templar port for life’s essentials.....like wine from Gascony!
In Simon Brighton’s book titled ...’In search of the The Knights Templar’
...Simon suggests Dunwich could have been the inspiration for the ‘Red Eve’ tale from author H.Rider Haggard in 1911.
‘ One of the characters in the story is an ex Templar Knight who continues to live around his former home, the preceptory at Dunwich’
...further on he adds
‘ Dunwich was also the probable inspiration for the setting of a story by M.R. James... ‘Oh, Whistle, and I’ll come to You , My Lad’ (1904)’
‘ The story builds on a gradual sense of menace that originates from an antique whistle found at the Templar’s church. The town suffers from coastal erosion, and has gradually been slipping into the sea for centuries. It has always had an eerie reputation, as churches disappeared into the sea, coffins stuck out from the cliffs before falling onto the rocks below.
Walpole x 2
Halesworth x 4
Bramfield x 2
Wenhaston x 2
Sothwold x 3
Ilketshall St Mary
1 Manor House
Legend and Myth
The area also has a black dog legend at Blythburgh...This I found intriguing as the KT site at Willoughton in North Lincolnshire also has a Black dog apparition legend...Coincidentally it appears at a place on ‘The Willoughton Grid’ called ‘Blyborough’
So two Templar Grids ....One in Lincolnshire and one in Suffolk....Both have Templar preceptories , both have recorded Black Dog apparition legends
Serendipity doesn’t end there....I became involved in the Dunwich grid because my partner has a sister living near Walpole church and we went down to visit. I was immediately taken by the area, feeling that familiar pull to look into the location. Walpole turned out to feature heavily in the Dunwich grid dynamics.
Recently my partner’s niece, based in Lincolnshire, decided to get hitched and is having the wedding reception at Caenby Corner which is also on the Lincolnshire TM Willoughton grid ...not far from the Lincolnshire Blyborough.
Great serendipitous links......One family, interacting with two counties, miles apart, both of which have Blythburgh/Blyborough based place names, both have Black dog legends, both had KT preceptories.
As you will see the Suffolk Blythburgh turned out to be at the centre of the Dunwich Pentacle.
The Dunwich Grid
Having driven through Halesworth to get to Walpole I already had a taste for the area ...and knew straight away Halesworth was the center of something.
Getting the OS 1:50 000 scale maps home I soon noticed the depth of involvement...
Halesworth was the center of 4 circles...Showing a total of 15 churches on the circumference of the circles.
Trinity of Triangles.
What’s unique about this system is the placing of the 6 churches of Walpole, Bramfield and Wenhaston....These churches were situated in such a way that a line could be connected between them linking the 3 outer rings...But that’s not all...The 3 triangles all then connected back into the Halesworth center.....Showing 6 60 degree angles on the 3 outer rings if connected back to the Halesworth center. One of the lines acted as one side of 3 triangles.
Other TM grids have shown a hex based system usually centered on the end of a penta arm point...Bruer and Glastonbury being good examples...For some reason Halesworth leans towards the hex dynamics in the 60 degree angles of the three triangles,.....but not in the traditional Star of David format...something different about the Dunwich system.
Dunwich is also the first system to show Earth / Moon proportions in the actual circle sizes depicted...The proportion of the smallest circle from the Halesworth center when compared to the red line circle enclosing the Blythburgh penta is correct to the Earth / Moon ratio.
FGH 345 TRIANGLE
The Halesworth center is also at the meeting of two small streams/rivers that merge at the centre and continue through the Blythburgh penta and out to sea near Southwold....The merging of rivers and streams is noted at the centre of other TM grids listed on Templar Mechanics.
Halesworth also has an ancient chapel....ruin/remains/site of ... shown on the OS map as ‘Chapel’ near this center.The Halesworth centre is also the west arm point of the Blythburgh pentacle.
Having Churches on main pentacle arms
Darsham - Church and a priory farm marked on map at penta arm ..suggesting a priory was once situated in the area.
Southwold – 3 churches
Dunwich – Church and Friary
Uggeshall – Church
Blythburgh sits at the center of the Penta .....The penta legs cross ( Golden section division) to the south at the meeting of several tracks / roads, with a local Tumulus nearby. Here just to the North lies Toby’s walks, which are linked to another local myth mentioned in the detailed links at the base of this article....well worth a read.
Main Axis focuses into a Beacon Hill ...which I’m sure would have had some prominence in local folklore years past.
I have marked the roads flowing into Blythburgh as I believe it shows a good interaction with the evolving grid....as do the others on the TM website.
Blythburgh church and the surrounding area are central to the Black dog apparition legend.
Once again another Templar site has tales of apparitions...This is only due to the thinning of veils between dimensions that exists at Earth energy sites.
It doesn’t mean the site is negative as such...only that easier access to other realms can be obtained through interacting with them.....like a city with good and rough areas.
What you access is down to approach, intent and self discipline.. How any apparition is perceived can also be down to the many different interpretations/meanings of the same image.
Once again it hints of knowledge being in the Templar order of Earth energy sites...and how important they were to own, occupy and work.
I have posted a few tasters below from some links I found to the area legends and the story ....enjoy !...I’m sure there are many other treasures of folklore in the area yet to rise to the surface....Please e mail if you have any other information on the notable points of the Dunwich Grid.
Google Earth images, the extending of major lines of the Blythburgh penta and main axis alignments, will appear in a separate article later under the Dunwich section.
Black Dogs / Ghosts and apparition links below:
The tale of Black Toby is a tragic one, almost certainly of prejudice leading as so often to injustice.
In 1750 a regiment of Dragoon’s was spending time in and around the lovely village of Blythburgh. After a night of drinking the body of a servant girl, Ann Blakemore, was found beside the drunken form of Tobias Gill, a black drummer. People immediately leapt to conclusions, and after a hasty excuse for a trial Tobias was found guilty of her murder. He was sentenced to be hanged in chains on the spot on the sandy common where the girl’s body was discovered.
After his execution, when villagers and officials considered things more coolly, it dawned on some of them that a terrible wrong may have been done – there had been no marks found on the servant girl’s corpse: had she died of drink? or simply expired of natural causes? And the disgraced dragoon had gone to his death pleading his entire innocence of the crime.
Whether because of the injustice he suffered, or because as a killer he was buried in unhallowed ground, Tobias it appears decided to haunt the spot where he died. And in some style too, said in some versions to drive a hearse pulled by headless black horses, though rather more prosaically in others he is simply encountered near the place of execution, still proclaiming his innocence. Rather incongruously that place is now a picnic site, known locally as Toby’s Walks: sandwiches, sand and spooks anyone?
Stories of phantom black dogs abound in Britain, almost every county has its own variant, from the Black Shuck of East Anglia to the Padfoot and Bogey Beast of Yorkshire. Phantom black dogs have been witnessed too frequently in modern times to parcel the phenomena as pure folklore and legend, but then folklore and legend often has origins in real events. There are various theories to explain the phenomena and they seem to have many common traits from sighting to sighting.
In appearance the phantoms vary from region to region, but it is not uncommon for them to be described as calf sized, with saucer eyes and a shaggy coat. Phantom dogs are not always black however, the one that is supposed to haunt the area around Cawthorpe and Haugham in Lincolnshire, is described as white, but still has saucer eyes and is as big as calf. The Cu Sith, the traditional fairy dog of Scotland is dark green in colour, with a shaggy tail up its back. Black dogs are more often than not associated with a specific location such as an old trackway or lane, this is sometimes reflected in the name of the routeway, although not every 'Black Dog Lane' has a tradition of the haunting.
There have been some attempts at classification; the folklorist Theo Brown divided the black dog phenomena into three separate types A, B and C. (A) Being a shape-shifting demon dog; (B) being a dark black dog calf sized with shaggy fur; and (C) a dog that appears in time with certain ancient festivals in specific areas of the country. Katherine Briggs, the renowned folklorist, splits these further into demon dogs, the ghosts of human beings and the ghosts of dogs in their own right.
In local traditions the black dogs sightings are seen as death portents, especially those seen in ancient churchyards in the form of the Church or Kirk Grim (Kirk being the Scottish word for Church), which is thought to represent a folk memory of a sacrifice. The black dog that used to haunt Peel castle and a nearby graveyard on the Isle of Man, is one such grim, it is said to have scared a sentry to death. Other sightings from the South of England, have been related to coincidental sudden deaths. The next two accounts relate to actual deaths by a black dog over four hundred years ago, although it is likely both events were the result of ball lightning:
A weather vane in Bungay Market in Suffolk depicts a black dog and a flash of lighting, it commemorates an event on Sunday the 4th of August 1577. Between nine and ten in the morning while the parishioners of Bungay were at church, a fearful and violent storm broke out, which caused the sky to darken and the church to quake. Suddenly, in the midst of the storm, a black dog appeared within church. Lit by flashes of fire, it ran about the body of the church causing great fear and panic. It passed between two people kneeling at prayer, killing them instantly, and caused another man to shrivel up, severely burned, although he is said to have survived.
About seven miles away in Blythburgh, at around the same time, another black dog (or the same phenomena) appeared in the parish church preceded by the same thunderstorm. This black dog struck three people dead and left scorch marks on the North church door, which can still be seen today.
These two examples suggest phenomena related to the weather conditions, perhaps some form of little understood ball lighting, substantiated by the fact that one person was burned, and the scorch marks on the church door. It is difficult to make any snap judgements because of the long span of time involved from the recorded events.
Other phantom dogs are more benevolent and stories exist of people being helped from tight spots. For example Augustus Hare in his book 'In My Solitary Life' recounts a common tale he heard about a man called Johnnie Greenwood, of Swancliffe. Johnnie had to ride through a wood in darkness for a mile to get to where he was going. At the entrance of the wood he was joined by a black dog, it pattered beside him until he emerged from the trees, whereupon it disappeared as quickly as it had arrived.
On his return journey through the wood, the dog joined him again on the dark woodland path, and disappeared mysteriously when he emerged. Apparently, some years later, two prisoners condemned to death confessed that they had decided to rob and murder Johnny that night in the wood, but the presence of the large black dog had stopped them.
Black dogs often seem to haunt ancient lanes, trackways, crossroads, old churchyards and prehistoric sites. Many of these places were associated with local superstitions and the uncanny, they are liminal places, where the veil between worlds was thought to be thin. The haunts of the black dogs are also features said to denote ley lines, it has been suggested that they represent some form of energy or natural phenomena moulded by the mind into an archetype of the black dog. A great deal of work has been done by earth mystery researchers to suggest that certain geophysical conditions may affect the human mind. These places were recognised by ancient man, and that is why black dogs (as some form of archetype) appear at places of ancient sanctity. This same theory has been applied to other unexplained phenomena.
Gallows sites (often crossroads) were also common black dog haunts, the black dog was often seen as the spirit of the executed criminal, such as the dog said to haunt a gallows site in Tring, Hertfordshire: An old woman was drowned for witchcraft at Tring in the year 1751. A chimney sweep was held responsible in part for the killing, and was hanged and gibbeted near to the place of the crime. A black dog came to haunt the place where the gibbet stood, and was seen by the village schoolmaster. He described it as being shaggy, as big as a Newfoundland, with long ears and a tail, eyes of flaming fire and long teeth. It is interesting to note that at first the black dog appeared as a standing flame. Flames and scorched earth being another aspect associated with sightings.
Black dogs are also seen as guardians of treasure, especially in Scotland. A black dog was said to guard treasure buried under a standing stone near Murthley in Perthshire, here we have an account of a black dog at an ancient site and as a guardian of treasure.
In summery it seems that the phenomena of phantom dogs is a complex mix of folklore, sightings, and local superstition, which has roots reaching far into the past. There are probably a myriad of different explanations for modern sightings, and a phantom black dog is a powerful archetype, incorporated into modern stories such as the 'Hound of the Baskervilles' by Arthur Conan Doyle. We hope to delve into the mystery further in the future, including some of the many folk tales associated with them.
Some names in different counties:
Bogey Beast, Lancashire
Bargheust, Yorkshire and the North
Black Shuck, East Anglia
Capelthwaite, Westmorland (Cumbria)
Cu Sith, Highlands (Dark Green)
Gurt Dog, Somerset
Hairy Jack, Lincolnshire
Mauthe Dog, (Mauthe Doog) Scotland
Old Shock or Shuck (Black Shuck), Suffolk
Skriker, Lancashire, Yorkshire
Apparition of a creature that resembles a black dog. Black dogs are said to haunt a particular place or area like crossroads, roads ,lanes, footpaths, bridges, gateways, doorways, fields, ect. These creatures are usually seen at night but in rare cases there have reports of seeing them in the day. mostly seen in rural places. Appearance :Black in colour though have been seen in white. They are a lot bigger than a average size dog have a shaggy coat big red eyes that glow long teeth and have a slavering mouth. Few are heard to bark or growl usually silent. They disappear as mysteriously as they appear as they simply vanish into thin air some gradually fade until nothing others change into another form. The black dog is also known as shuck, skiker, Barghest, Padfoot, Hooter and in Lincolnshire is known as Hairy Jack.
sightings around Lincolnshire
A black dog has been seen near the fish pond near the old yard.
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